Army's Chief of Staff proudly steps down
A PROUD Cavalry Corps has turned out the lights on the distinguished career of its most senior son.
Comrades bade farewell in the traditional cavalry manner, as Lieutenant General Sean McCann retired as Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces.
He is only the third cavalry officer to hold the top post since the foundation of the military organisation.
His retirement was marked by a "lights out" ceremony at the Curragh Camp on the square of Plunkett barracks – the home of the Corps.
Lt Gen McCann carried out his final inspection of a range of cavalry vehicles that had been parked on the perimeter of the square after earlier saluting a "drive past".
Lights on the vehicles were then turned out to mark the end of an era. He steps down officially next month and is replaced by Major General Conor O'Boyle, an artillery officer.
Lt Gen McCann graduated from the United States Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas in 1990. Two years ago, he become the first Irish graduate to be formally inducted into the international hall of fame there.
Defence Minister Alan Shatter complimented him for his outstanding contribution as Chief of Staff and lifetime dedication to the Defence Forces.